A French warship, representing Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150)
seized a huge amount of hashish from a rogue dhow on Wednesday 25
September. The dhow had been tracked for a short period and did not
respond to requests from the warship, FS NIVOSE, on her intentions.
Highly trained French sailors, in military rigid inflatable boats,
conducted a boarding and in the subsequent search, over 2.5 tonnes of
the illegal narcotic was discovered and subsequently destroyed.
Commodore Ed Ahlgren Royal Navy, the Commander of Combined Task Force
150, said, ”This substantial seizure clearly and unequivocally
demonstrates the true value and significant impact of CMF operations on
those malign actors who choose to use the sea for their unlawful
purposes. The French warship, FS NIVOSE, operating in Direct Support of
the joint UK and French CTF 150 Command, has sought tenaciously those
who wish to do us harm and incite instability in both this region and
further afield. Thanks to their efforts, they have disrupted a vital
flow of funding to nefarious organisations and I congratulate the crew
of FS NIVOSE on their success and wish them good hunting for their
CTF 150 is a great example of how the cooperation between international maritime members of the CMF can work together to achieve the common goal of deterring or catching those who risk being a part of illegal narcotics smuggling.
Tug reported attacked at 1200 UTC in position 03:04N – 007:59E, around 92nm SSE of Bonny Island, Nigeria. Vessel and crew safe and under military escort by a warship at 1430 UTC (6 May). Reported (MDAT) 5 May. Via OCEANUSLive.org
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